Md. judge who had relationship with felon resigning

WASHINGTON — Just over a year after she reported that her sometime live-in boyfriend had kidnapped and assaulted her, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Audrey Creighton is resigning.

Creighton notified Montgomery County Circuit Court Administrative Judge John Debelius of her intent to retire. The move comes less than a year after she was elected to a 15-year term on the bench and while, according to the Sentinel Newspaper, the Maryland Judicial Disabilities Commission was looking into a case against her involving possible judicial misconduct. It’s not clear how her retirement notice affects that investigation.

Creighton’s relationship with 25-year-old Rickley Senning — who had a record of violent offenses — came to light after she accused him of kidnapping her from her upper Montgomery County home. Senning was also accused of stealing Creighton’s car and crashing it into a Germantown supermarket.

Senning ultimately pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and assault and was sentenced to three years.

Since the case became public, Creighton took leave and then heard civil cases. She will reportedly take leave she’s accrued until her retirement on July 3.

WTOP’s Kate Ryan contributed to this report.

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